Rudy Keeling

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Rudy Keeling
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1947-03-14)March 14, 1947
Died July 6, 2013(2013-07-06) (aged 66)
Londonderry, New Hampshire
Alma mater Quincy
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1980 Bergan HS
1980–1986 Bradley (asst.)
1986–1988 Marquette (asst.)
1988–1996 Maine
1996–2001 Northeastern
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2002–2007 Emerson College
2007–2013 ECAC (Commissioner)

Harold Rudolph "Rudy" Keeling (March 14, 1947 – July 6, 2013) was an American college basketball coach and administrator. He was a Division I head basketball coach at the University of Maine and Northeastern University, before becoming Athletic Director at Emerson College and commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

Keeling attended Bishop Dubois High School and Quincy University, where he played basketball and graduated in 1970.[1] In 1977, he began his coaching career as head coach of Bergan High School in Peoria, Illinois. In 1980, he was hired as an assistant at Bradley University by head coach Dick Versace. After a stint at Marquette, Keeling was named head coach at Maine in 1988 - the school's first African-American head coach. In eight seasons at Maine, he compiled a record of 106–122 and led the school to its first 20 win season. From there, Keeling was named head coach at Northeastern, where in five seasons he went 45–92.[2]

In 2002, Keeling was named athletic director at Emerson College, where in his five years he added five varsity sports. In 2007 he left to become commissioner of the ECAC, the first African-American commissioner of a major conference.[2]

Keeling died on July 6, 2013 in Londonderry, New Hampshire.[1] His daughter is Kara Keeling, a film and gender studies academic.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Harold Rudolph "Rudy" Keeling". Bangor Daily News. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "The ECAC Mourns the Loss of Former Commissioner Rudy Keeling". Eastern College Athletic Conference. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ Setterlund, Carl. "With a Lion's heart, Keeling sought challenges". Berkeley Beacon. Retrieved 20 March 2016.